When thou art above measure angry, bethink how momentary is man’s life.
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Philosopher
There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay some forms of life arise.
God’s finger touched him, and he slept.
Tennyson, In Memoriam
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
There is no cure for death, save to enjoy the interval.
What good can come from meeting death with tears? If a man is sorry for himself, he doubles death.
There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern – why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?
Though it is in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.
Sir Thomas Browne (1642)
To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead.
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short , but when we have had our fill of fruit, our swelter of heat, we said that we have had our day.
When we lose someoe we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.